- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy35 mins ago
Depending on what his former boss with the Detroit Red Wings decides, Todd McLellan could be the rock star of the NHL coaching free agent pool this offseason. Which is why it would be wise to snatch him up fast ... which is why Peter Chiarelli met with the former San Jose Sharks coach in Prague.
Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun reported, in a roundabout way, that the new Edmonton Oilers GM met with McLellan, who is currently coaching Team Canada in the IIHF world championships. Jones dropped that nugget after reporting that Chiarelli left Prague before Mike Babcock – currently of the Red Wings – arrived.
McLellan, you’ll recall, mutually uncoupled from the San Jose Sharks last month after seven season. He had already been in contact with the Oilers, speaking with president Bob Nicholson and former GM Craig MacTavish. This was reportedly the first time he met with Chiarelli.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
Alex Ovechkin scored that goal on Saturday — that goal: that powerful, cutting, graceful, terrifying goal — to cut into the Rangers' lead, and it was astonishing. It was one of those “they'll show that on the career highlight reel when he retires” goals.
And what was the talking point on television when everyone stopped saying, “Wow,” long enough to catch their breath? That this goal was further evidence Alex Ovechkin had, over the past summer, become a team player who changed his game completely to fit his new coach's systems. Never mind that this was a goal of which only the world' elite would be capable, or that it was basically the definition of a goal that came as a direct result of supreme individual effort; the assertion is in itself absurd.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The Chicago Blackhawks gave up a big lead in Game 1. They weren't going to allow that to happen again in Game 2.
After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks found themselves on the penalty kill midway through the second. Marian Hossa swiped the puck from Ryan Suter along the boards and found Jonathan Toews streaking in to the Minnesota zone. He sent a shorthanded goal past Devan Dubnyk putting the 'Hawks up 1-0.
With 20-seconds to go in the second, Patrick Kane recorded his 100th playoff point in his 101st playoff game. Shortly after Kane's goal, Michal Rozsival was whistled for interference with 2-seconds remaining in the period.
The penalty carried over into the third and Minnesota took advantage. On a pass from Suter, Matt Dubnyk skated the puck into the Chicago zone and fired a laser of a wrist shot into the back of the net.
Shades of Game 1 coming back to haunt the Blackhawks? Eh, not so much.
Jordan Leopold passed the puck to Dumba as he skated into the neutral zone. The puck bounced off Dumba's stick and right to Teuvo Teravainen who promptly sent it over to Patrick Sharp. Almost effortlessly, Sharp sent the puck past Dubnyk on his glove side.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – Don’t tell the Ducks they’ve dominated the Calgary Flames through two games of their second round of the playoffs. They'll try to convince you otherwise.
By all metrics, because we have to look at ALL of them when we write about Calgary, this series has been no contest. After a 3-0 Game 2 win, the Ducks have out-scored the Flames 9-1. They’re up 2-0 in this series. They’ve out-‘Corsi’d’ the Flames 131-117, perWar On Ice. Shots on goal? That ‘dinosaur’ type number has been way in Anaheim’s favor at 69-54. But shhhhhhh . Don’t say that to Anaheim, who has yet to lose in the 2015 playoffs.
“Tonight was nip and tuck the whole game. I thought the first period we were good. But once you have that many shots and you have a 1-0 lead, I was a little afraid. In the second period they came at us really hard and we held our own but didn’t get scored on,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They were coming really hard in the third period until we got that one goal, I don’t think by any chance or stretch of the imagination was this a dominant effort by us.”
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Frederick Andersen, Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks netminder made all 30 saves in the first post-season shutout of his career. Andersen wasn't terribly busy in the first period as his teammates put up 20 shots, but they took their foot off the gas in the final two frames. Luckily, the goalie's solid play gave the Ducks a 3-0 win.
No. 2 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
It took until the ninth game of the playoffs to get a goal of his own, but Stamkos finally did in Tampa's 6-2 pummeling of Montreal. In addition to his goal, he had 2 points on the power play. The series now shifts back to Tampa with the LIghtning leading 2-0.
No. 3 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Just another 2 goal night for Patrick Kane. Kane's goal in the second period stood as the game winner in the Blackhawks 4-1 victory.
Honorable Mention: Kari Ramo did everything he could to keep Calgary in the game, making 32 saves in the loss. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf continued their domination of the Flames with two-points each. Perry's set up on the game-winner by Hampus Lindholm kept him atop the league in playoff points:
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
Brandon Prust might as well just write the NHL a blank check (or cheque) now because he's about to be out of some money.
Following Montreal's 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay, the excitable forward was quite vocal in his criticism of veteran referee Brad Watson, and the way the official reacted to Prust's actions in the final two minutes of the game.
With the game clearly out of hand, Prust had a run in with Tampa goalie Ben Bishop. For this, Prust had to answer to Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn for his behavior.
Then Prust began a downward spiral that's likely to cost him a good chunk of money, and possibly some playoff games.
In a span of a few minutes on the ice, Prust earned 27 penalty minutes; on top of the fighting major, he was given a 10-minute game misconduct, a 2-minute tripping minor, and a 10-minute misconduct.
This wasn't the end of it for Prust. In the post-game scrum, he unleashed on referee Brad Watson.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Welcome to the playoffs, Steven Stamkos. Where have you been?
Actually, he has played every game for the Tampa Bay Lighting, but hasn’t scored a goal (drum roll please …) UNTIL NOW!
Behold the awesome and wonderful glory of Stamkos’ first score this postseason, on a breakaway against Montreal’s Carey Price in Sunday’s Game 2, 6-2 demolition of the Canadiens.
Stamkos has repeatedly said he’s not hurt. He went eight games without a goal before that score. He couldn’t beat Petr Mrazek from Detroit. Something has to be going on.
Conspiracy theories aside, the Lightning are incredibly fortunate they’re in the position they are – in the second round up 2-0 after two games on the road. Stamkos had a goal and two assists in the victory.
"This was tough, especially at this time of the year, but the guys in the room have been great," Stamkos said viaNHL.com. "I've tried to do the things to help this team win. At this of the year you want wins. [Sunday] hopefully will be the start of something good, some confidence."
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – The Calgary Flames relish the underdog role. It’s almost like their fuel … doubt them and they’ll come out with a stronger performance to prove you wrong.
If that’s the case, losing Game 1 by the score of 6-1 to the Anaheim Ducks in their second round series was the perfect way to create seeds of uncertainty. But there’s an obvious fact heading into Game 2. If the Flames win, the series will be tied 1-1, and Calgary will be in decent shape heading home for Game 3.
“There’s a new level now to reach in the second round,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “These guys have experienced it. Our group now is learning that. With all the things that went on (Thursday) night with a poor night and a poor showing, at the end of the day, they only get one win for it, whether you lose that game, triple OT or 2-1 game, or if it was what it was. You clean the slate and your mindset doesn’t change.”
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – There’s a distinct and noticeable difference between regular season Ryan Kesler with the Anaheim Ducks and playoff Ryan Kesler in Southern California, at least from the time when he’s visible to the media.
In the regular season, he was relaxed. He was laid back. Ask him a question and he’ll quip, he’ll give insight, he’ll be playful.
On the ice he played a tough game, but didn’t engage in a ton of extracurriculars.
Move to the playoffs, and Kesler changes. His answers become one-worded. He plays into a media conspiracy – that we make him out to be the ‘bad guy.’ On the ice, he’s a massive pain in the butt. He taunts the crowd that boos him for most of the game.
To borrow terms from two great movies, his turd blossom amps go to 11.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy23 hrs ago
Two bits of good news for the Calgary Flames coming off their 6-1 rout by the Anaheim Ducks in Game 1 Friday night.
First, Jiri Hudler, who left the game in the second period and didn’t return, will be good to go for Game 2 on Sunday. Bob Hartley also sounded optimistic at the possibility of Micheal Ferland's return after he was also injured.
The other good news for Calgary, while it may not affect them for a little longer, is that Mark Giordano was cleared for limited contact. The Flames captain suffered a torn biceps in late February and was projected to miss five months. Despite his absence in the lineup, the team managed to clinch a playoff berth and beat the Vancouver Canucks in Round 1, setting off a bevy of excitement on the Red Mile.
But hopes of Flames fans should be tempered with this news. Hartley noted this milestone was just part of the process of Giordano’s recovery.